Monthly Archives: October 2015

Ok it seems that when I have a long break, longer than say a day or 2 I feel a lot stronger when returning to the running.

Sometimes its not that I don’t want to run, just that life gets in the way sometimes and you have to adapt but when it does get in the way and I return to a run I really do feel stronger. Proves that a good rest is very good for recovery!

Ok so I had been reading about how different height of trainers can effect the achillies heel, as I had been getting a sore achillies heel over the last few months since getting the Cumulus running trainers, after walking or warming up the achillies didn’t hurt and so thought I would look into it, one of the causes could be due to not the right shoes or even lowering the height of them.

So I phone my local Sweatshop store where I had been gait analysed earlier in the year and after another session on the tread mill with a women who was really into I ended up having a new trainers for pronation and not neutral, also a size larger.

So with a only a few days to the 10k race I took a gamble and you know what it paid off, with a PB no less so I am very happy and very happy with the service I received from the shop!!

So it was a clear Friday evening when this race happened, my Wife and Son came along to watch also which was an added boost.

I felt good having gotten a 10k PB a few days before whilst running off road, with a route that was similar to the one I was about to run. We lined up, being my first proper mass start the atmosphere was awesome and I don’t think I will forget it, hearing the gun go and then watching down the line as the sea of runners started to bob up and down before it reached where I stood and then we we’re off.

It took a while to get into a rhythm avoiding slower runners and kerbs as the whole running field spread out swallowing the road before we we’re then funnelled into the parts of the course that was 2 way, once in the zone with other runners around me you tended to find that you catch up to another runner and then go passed them in the hope that you hadn’t gone to early. I had already pre planned the route and time of when I should go strong and hold back but using the watch and distance as a gauge this seemed to work, passing a couple of people I knew who were marshalling gave me that extra boost.

First lap passed quickly and I felt good, taking on some water and just sticking to the plan even when others came passed, knowing that going up the hill again on the second lap was going to be my time of whether to go or not. See running clubs members struggling on the hill the second time round I knew it was time to go after the downhill section on a small distance away. I went like a rocket after coming down the hill the othersie and overtaking multiple people who had just over taken me, my legs and my body felt good and I really pushed the last 2km of the course knowing that my wife and Son would be waiting. With less than 1km to go and with someone trying to go with me it was on and I pushed again with then the finish straight to do, giving high fives as I crossed the line with spectators. I stopped my watch and looked down, awesome another 10k PB.

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After the 10k my body felt like it could of gone on further with the high and buzz of the event pushing me and helping me feel stronger, I am not sure how much longer at the pace I could of gone but hey its nice to know. I really enjoyed the race with a nice medal at the finish line, it glows in the dark don’t you know, I would do this event again. Oh and did I mention that I did this in new shoes that I had only just purchased during that week…..(more on that another time)

Ok so just went on here and realised that it was August since my last post, wow that was a few months ago now.

So what’s been happening, a few things since that last post which we now be posted over the next few days, but here are a few points.

  • Did a great 10k PB in the 10k race and really enjoyed it.
  • Another PB this time for the 5k, on the last race of the series.
  • Did 175km in August as part of one of the Strava challenges.
  • Took a little break and seemed to have come back stronger
  • Oh and got in via a ballot place in the London Marathon 2016

So watch out for the above coming soon.